Sothy’s Pepper Farm started, in this form, on 11 March 2013, when Ms. SORN Sothy took it over from its former owner, who had planted what is now our pepper field #1 in 2007. We added another pepper field in 2014, and the fourth and fifths field were added in September 2015. In 2019, we added another field which is not far from the original farm; so we have now 2000 pepper poles.
The total area is slightly over 4 hectares, with 3 hectares covered by pepper, and the rest by different fruit trees – Bananas, Durian, Jackfruit, Mangoes, Papayas, and Rambutan. But we lost many Durian trees in 2016 during an extremely dry and hot season.
The farm is registered with the Ministry of Commerce.
Sothy’s Pepper Farm is dedicated not only to produce pepper and other fruits, but we are also committed to share information about our work with our visitors. We provide free Pepper Tours to our visitors in English, but also in Cambodian-Khmer, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.
Kampot Pepper is the first Cambodian product to benefit from the World Trade Association status of Protected Geographical Indication, like – to use widely known examples – Champagne from the region of the Champagne in France, or Parma Ham from the Italian town of Parma.
Sothy’s Pepper Farm is a member of the Kampot Pepper Promotion Association. All members follow the guidelines of the French organization EcoCert – we are certified to follow ecologically oriented procedures: we do not use chemical fertilizers, nor do we use chemical insecticides to control some insects which do damage to the pepper plants, but we use also leaves and seeds from some local plants to make our own insecticides. And we do not use chemical fertilizer, but only the excrements from cows and bats.
Sothy’s Pepper Farm is also following other goals of making use of natural resources: electricity on the farm is produced by solar panels: for light, for fans, for kitchen machinery,to pump water up from the well, 62 meters deep down, and for the operation of the vacuum packing machine for the pepper.
We have also several simple bamboo thatched bungalows, in response to questions by some visitors if there is also the possibility to stay here overnight. Some are also used for staff, and some for volunteers from many countries who join us for some weeks.